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Social Science Research Council – SSRC Scholarships

Offers Scholarships / Fellowships, SSRC Fellowships and Grants for Training and Research, tenable various countries in Social Sciences and Humanities.

SSRC Scholarships Eligibility

Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ)

  • The AFJ competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan with at least five years of professional journalistic experience with newspapers, newsmagazines, wire services, and online news organizations. Freelancers are also eligible. Nationals of other countries must be permanent residents of the United States or Japan, or have a long-term affiliation with the American or Japanese journalistic communities.
  • US-based applicants with no previous journalistic employment in Japan have priority; Japan-based applicants with no previous journalistic employment in the United States have priority.
  • Proposals must be nonpartisan.

Fellowship awards are contingent upon receipt of funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2018 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2018, whichever comes first.

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) may request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding. All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States. Research within the United States must be site-specific (e.g., at a particular archive) and cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

  • Scholars who have previously received funding from JSPS for 12 months or longer are not eligible to apply for JSPS fellowships.
  • JSPS does not extend fellowships to scholars employed in the institutions under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Defense.
  • In addition:
    • Candidates for the Long-Term Fellowship must possess US citizenship or permanent residency status. Permanent residents must provide a copy of a permanent resident card (“green card”). Researchers of Japanese nationality are  not eligible.
    • Candidates for the Short-Term Fellowship must possess US citizenship or permanent residency status.

SSRC Scholarships Application Form

Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ)

The application deadline is September 15 annually. Applications must be submitted online at For further information, please contact the program directly at

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

The application for an SSRC nomination to the JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship requires an application form, a project description, a CV, a list of publications, a letter of recommendation, and a letter of invitation from a host institution in Japan. In addition:

  • Applicants for 12–24 month (long-term) fellowships must have received a diploma from a university outside Japan dated no more than six years prior to April 1, 2018, or a letter from their institution statingthe date the applicant will officially receive the degree.
  • Applicants for 1–12 month (short-term) fellowships must submit a copy of a PhD diploma from a university outside Japan dated no more than six years prior to April 1, 2018, or a letter from their institution stating that the applicant is a PhD candidate and will received the PhD within two years of beginning the fellowship.

SSRC Scholarships Selection Process

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The IDRF competition promotes a range of approaches and research designs beyond single-site or single-country research, including comparative work at the national and regional levels and explicit comparison of cases across time frames. The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, and quantitative data collection. 

Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multidisciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and in other related fields, as well as a bibliography relevant to the research. Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is critical for successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated, and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training to undertake the proposed research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency sufficient to complete the project.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Fellows are selected by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) based on nominations made by the SSRC Japan Advisory Board. The SSRC Japan Advisory Board recommends to JSPS up to 20 candidates annually from the social sciences and humanities. Award offers are made by JSPS in early summer for fellowships that must commence between June 1 and November 30 (long-term) or June 1 and March 31 (short-term).

Contact Details

Social Science Research Council
300 Cadman Plaza West,15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Phone: 212-377-2700
Fax: 212-377-2727
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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.